The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary and is when we in the United States celebrate Mothers Day (May 8th – don’t forget!), so it is fitting that Pope Francis’ intention for the month of May is focused on women. He asks all Catholics to join him in praying for “Respect for women. That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.”
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has produced this video for Pope Francis’ monthly intention. The full text of the video is below.
The contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family. But only to recognize it…Is that enough?
We have done little for the women who are in very difficult situations–despised, marginalized, and even reduced to slavery.
We must condemn sexual violence against women and remove the barriers that prevent their full integration into social, political, and economic life.
If you think this is clearly right, join my petition. It is a prayer–that in all countries of the world women may be honored and respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.
Please join us and Pope Francis as we pray during the month of May for an increase in respect for women.
Mary, mother of all people, pray for us.